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Rocket U2 Announces SystemBuilder Extensible Architecture (SB/XA) 6.1 with Office Automation and .NET Custom Control Integration

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Release Date: Thursday, July 14, 2011

Rocket U2 has released 6.1 of SB/XA completing the multi-year project to provide a complete .NET run-time environment for existing SystemBuilder solutions.

SB/XA optimizes application development and provides flexible deployment options for UniVerse and UniData® (U2) Databases delivering a development toolset that helps you quickly define your business logic as processes and combine and reuse these to meet any business needs for your application whilst providing an advanced interface, using clients based on Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), to render your application using rich-vector-based graphic controls or integrate Custom controls through .NET.

Existing SystemBuilder applications can move to the new SB/XA platform with the normal conversion effort required for major version upgrades. On conversion, they can continue to deploy their existing Character or GUI solutions or deploy the new Rich or Browser based clients in the .NET framework and take advantage of features such as Single-Sign On, XPS Print Viewer, custom styling and themes, ClickOnce deployment and security and connection resilience.

This release delivers Office Automation integration, .NET custom controls, central client configuration, expanded authentication methods, enhanced zoom and resizing capabilities, XPS PrintTicket support, AutoComplete fields, enhanced spell checking capabilities and streamlined administration and setup screens.

SB/XA 6.1 Presentation Components have been enhanced to include options to email Query Reports using Excel or XPS format from the XPS report viewer. Query and Report Writer reports can also be exported to Word using the XPS report viewer to Word. The main TU API routines have been updated to work with the XUI presentation components and additional options to interface with Outlook Appointments is available.

SB/XA 6.1 brings new integration capabilities allowing you to replace our standard controls with any of the free or thousands of commercial .NET custom controls for WPF. If you don't like our date picker build or acquire your own and replace it throughout your application with minimal effort. Additional example code demonstrating how to take advantage of .NET custom controls and Office Automation will help you get the most out of this release.

SB/XA 6.1 runs on a minimum of UniVerse 10.2.3 and UniData 7.1.20 database versions. The SB/XA Rich Client requires .NET 4.0.


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About Rocket Software

Rocket Software (www.rocketsoftware.com) is a technology company that helps organizations in the MultiValue ecosystem modernize and optimize solutions to meet today's needs while extending the value of their technology investments for the future. Thousands of companies depend on Rocket to solve their most challenging business problems by helping them run their existing infrastructure and data, as well as extend those assets to take advantage of cloud, mobile, analytics, and other future innovations. Founded in 1990, Rocket is based in Waltham, Massachusetts with locations in Europe, Asia, and Australia.

For more information, visit http:/​/​www.rocketsoftware.com

About UniData

A MultiValue application platform for developing fast, flexible and secure applications

Organizations rely on Rocket UniData, a best-in-class of the MultiValue application platform, for scalable business apps that can evolve as needs change. As a stable, secure, fast data server engine with high availability and low administrative overhead, Rocket UniData is ideal for rapid development using modern tools. On-premises or in the cloud, UniData serves nearly a million users worldwide.

Performance by design

  • A unique and resilient architecture delivers performance advantages compared to traditional SQL databases
  • variable length records and tables within tables simplifies database design, eliminating the constraints of SQL normalization
  • using direct-read capabilities that result in fewer I/O operations than required by SQL, UniData is faster than many other databases
  • variable length records mean less data is transmitted within the entirety of the system which translates to:
    • more responsive mobile applications
    • more efficient replication (for disaster recovery, high availability and more)
  • Rapid development means rapid returns

    UniData includes multiple, easy-to-use programming languages (including Python) with multiple standard supplied interfaces (Node.js, .NET, Java, ODBC, JDBC, RESTful via JSON) for multi-tier solutions. Accelerate your teams productivity by selecting the best development tools based upon your staffs capabilities.

    Security is paramount

    Rocket embeds the most effective security standards for encryption technology deep within the data server, so your data is secure no matter its location, and whether in-transit or stored on disk.

    • SSL/TLS secures connections to the MultiValue server and encrypts data in transit for protection from snooping or eavesdropping. Third parties can also validate and accredit our cryptographic modules for FIPS 140-2 compliance.
    • Automatic data encryption ensures only trusted users with the encryption key can view data. Stolen data is rendered useless without the encryption key.
    • UniData also offers role-based security for users accessing the application. Required DBA maintenance to implement and maintain these capabilities is simple and efficient.

    For more information, visit http:/​/​www.rocketsoftware.com/​products/​rocket-​unidata

    About UniVerse

    Fast, flexible data management and app development for your enterprise

    Rocket UniVerse, a component of the MultiValue application platform, is a fast, flexible data server for developing enterprise apps. Its variable length, table-within-table architecture means speedy data access and low maintenance with user interfaces for Windows, Linux, and UNIX. Deployable to the cloud or on-premises, thousands of customers globally depend on UniVerse to run their businesses.

    Performance to spare

    • Extremely flexible data structures with high-performance data access, storage, and resource management capabilities
    • Industry-proven design with direct read capability means fewer I/O operations and faster access to data
    • Dynamically allocates available resource to maximize processing throughput of available resources

    UniVerse makes it easy for them to build for your success

    Powerful, easy-to-use programming languages with standard supplied interfaces (.NET, Java, ODBC, JDBC, RESTful with JSON) enable your programmers to become immediately productive in this fast environment.

    Efficiency and speed to market mean faster returns on your investment

  • Does not require a large administrative or programming staff to implement, operate, or maintain
  • Accelerates the time to value for applications, and provides exceptional short- and long-term ROI
  • Includes multiple programming languages, including Python, with multiple interfaces for your tiered architecture so you can pick and choose the best development solutions based upon your staffs capabilities
  • Secure and auditable

    • SSL/TLS secures connections to the data server, in addition to securing data in transit from snooping or eavesdropping.
    • Automatic data encryption makes it easy to adhere to the highest security standards, protecting data at rest on the disk.
      • Only trusted users with the encryption key can view data, and stolen data is rendered useless without the encryption key.
      • Access is granted at the user or group level via role-based security, reducing the time required for DBA maintenance.

    For more information, visit http:/​/​www.rocketsoftware.com/​products/​rocket-​universe

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